Bangkok, Thailand, 24 April 2006 – For the 18 competitors there was no gentle ease into the Land Rover G4 Challenge – this was 100%, full-on, 'take us to the limit' stuff from the word GO!
In record temperatures at a baking hot but beautiful arena set up in the heart of Bangkok, the 18 competitors in the Land Rover G4 Challenge got their first taste of competition with a punishing but rewarding start event in Sanam Luang Park.
Once competitors were paired-up for the start event that included hellishly physical demands such as mountain biking a 150 metre course to then drag their Range Rover Sport from its shipping container, pulling a kayak on wires high above the ground, guiding their partner across a set of narrow logs in the Range Rover Sport and hand-winching a 600kg Tuk Tuk (three-wheel Bangkok taxi) up off the ground. This was the initial test for these pairings, who will remain paired for the first week of the month-long event.
Joining Russia/Greece and Italy/Taiwan in the final heat were the British/German double act of Brian Reynolds and Robert Josef Schweiger. Right up to the end there was little between the British/German and Greek/Russian pairs. But Dimitry of Russia and Michael of Greece got a better finish in the end – and eventual victory.
The eventual runners-up were not too disappointed. Only a week ago Brian Reynolds was training in snow at home. "To nearly win the opening competition in almost 40 degree temperatures was a real achievement. This was a perfect start to the event for me and knowing now that Robert and I are a good team is really exciting," he said. "I can’t wait to get into Laos and get our teeth into the next competition."
Mitsubishi Motors UK has teamed up with the Royal Navy Historic Flight (RNHF) for the 2006 air display season. Equipped with an all-new Mitsubishi L200 Warrior pick-up, the RNHF team will travel the length and breadth of the UK to entertain around 3 million spectators during the summer months.
Attending around 60 air displays, the RNHF will take part in shows at locations as diverse as Duxford, Lowestoft, Southend, Eastborne, Southport, Sunderland and Clapton. The highlight of the RNHF’s 6 month tour will be their home air display at Yeovilton on 8th July. Here the expected crowd of 40,000 people will witness the first ever race between a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX supercar and a Lynx helicopter.
The RNHF was established in 1972 in order to preserve part of the UK’s naval heritage and be a living memorial to those who served in the Fleet Air Arm. Run by volunteers who are ex-service, the RNHF relies upon charitable contributions and donations from industry. The air shows also form an integral part of the organisation’s fundraising.
On taking delivery of the L200 pick-up, Flight Commander Phil Thornton commented, "This is the perfect vehicle for our needs; it combines the comfort and capacity we need for transporting our people to air shows all around the country, along with the ability to carry all the kit needed to support our aircraft at the shows. Furthermore, it is a pleasure to drive."
Aiming to maintain Mitsubishi’s domination of the pick-up segment, the new L200 has had a flying start, with 1,500 pre-orders taken before the vehicle had even reached the dealers in early March. The L200 Warrior is expected to be the best selling model and features Super Select 4WD, climate control, 17in alloy wheels, CD player with MP3 compatibility and Mitsubishi Active Stability & Traction Control – a first for the pick-up segment. Prices for the L200 pick-up range start at £12,249 rising to £19,999 CVOTR.
* All-new L200 range to take centre stage at CV Show in April
* Full range of working and lifestyle variants on display
* L200 Tipper concept on show to test opinion
The complete new L200 pick-up range will take centre stage on the Mitsubishi stand at the 2006 Commercial Vehicle show in April. In both single and double cab form, all variants of the stunning new pick-up will be available to peruse from the practical 4Work right through to the more extravagant Animal.
In addition to the standard range, Mitsubishi Motors UK will also take the opportunity to test an L200 Tipper concept vehicle with visitors to the show. Whilst on display, Mitsubishi product managers will gather feedback and evaluate demand in order to decide whether to add it as a new member of the UK line-up.
Officially on sale from the beginning of March, demand for the new L200 pick-up has already outstripped initial supply with 1,500 orders being taken before the demonstrators had reached the dealer showroom floors. A combination of keen pricing, generous specification, technical advancements and stunning styling have captured the buying public’s imagination. With new supplies already on their way, Mitsubishi looks set to record an all-new pick-up sales record in 2006.
As well as the pick-up, Mitsubishi will also show the practical and value-packed Shogun and Shogun Sport commercial vehicles. The 4x4 commercial vehicle sector (excluding pick-up) is a niche market but one that has been steadily growing for Mitsubishi Motors UK, fuelled by the creation of a one-stop-shop for specialist fleet customer conversions at its Head Office in Cirencester. This facility allows customers to place their order along with conversion requirements - ranging from lights and stripes and racking systems to heavy duty winches - and have the vehicle kitted out and delivered ready to go to work. Customers making use of this facility have been the Forestry Commission, Environment Agency, Orange, BT and numerous police forces.
UK prices now confirmed for tough new Audi all-terrain Avant with unique-in-sector adaptive air suspension
Successor to popular allroad quattro (launched in July 2000) opens for order on April 3, 2006
Initially available with 2.7 TDI and 3.0 TDI engines priced at £33,530 OTR and £36,380 OTR – petrol variants to follow in 2007
2.7 TDI – 180PS from 3,300rpm to 4,500rpm, 380Nm from 1,400rpm to 3,300rpm, 0-62mph in 9.3 seconds, 134mph maximum speed, 32.5mpg combined, CO2 229g/km
3.0 TDI – 233PS at 4,000rpm, 450Nm from 1,400rpm to 3,250rpm, 0-62mph in 7.8 seconds, 143mph maximum speed, 32.1mpg combined, CO2 232g/km
5-level adaptive air suspension with unique ‘allroad’ mode for maximum agility on rough terrain
A rugged new sport utility version of the Audi A6 Avant joins the UK Audi range this week priced from £33,530 OTR. The all-terrain A6 allroad quattro will initially be powered by 2.7-litre TDI and 3.0-litre TDI engines, and will reach its first UK customers in July.
The understated elegance of the A6 Avant takes on a harder edge for the new A6 allroad quattro through an exclusive grille and front and rear bumper design, flared wheel arches, extended sills and stainless steel under-body protection panels. The wheel arches and sills are particularly prominent in their contrasting colour, but can be painted to match the body if preferred.
The go-anywhere appearance is justified, because the new A6 allroad quattro combines powerful, torque-rich engines with quattro four-wheel-drive incorporating a mechanical self-locking centre differential, plus five-level height adjustable air suspension giving maximum ground clearance of up to 185mm for negotiation of difficult gradients.
At launch, the new A6 allroad quattro will offer the option of either a 2.7 TDI engine with 180PS and 380Nm of torque or a 3.0 TDI with 233PS and 450Nm, both of which will initially be available exclusively in conjunction with six-speed tiptronic automatic transmission. These advanced engines feature the latest common rail fuel injection system with piezo injectors, and minimise pollution through the use of diesel particulate filters.
A six-speed manual version of the A6 allroad 3.0 TDI quattro is expected to become available in late summer 2006, followed in early 2007 by new petrol derivatives.
The A6 allroad quattro 2.7 TDI is capable of accelerating from rest to 62mph in 9.3 seconds, can reach a 134mph maximum speed and yet also manages to cover up to 32.5mpg (combined cycle). Its larger relative reduces the 0-62mph time to 7.8 seconds and increases the maximum speed to 143mph, yet almost matches the 2.7 TDI for fuel economy, offering the potential for up to 32.1mpg (combined cycle).
Advanced height adjustable air suspension
When the going gets rough the four-link front and trapezoidal link rear suspension comes into its own, its weight pared back through the extensive use of aluminium and its compliance, agility and refinement maximised by the addition of electronically controlled adaptive air springs.
The adaptive system offers five modes, the on-road options ranging from Dynamic, which lowers the body to a ground clearance of 125mm for minimal drag at motorway speeds, to Comfort, which positions the car 140mm above ground level for optimum cruising refinement. The allroad mode for off-road use increases ground clearance to 175mm, and for particularly tricky manoeuvres at speeds of up to 22mph a Lift mode is also available giving total clearance of 185mm.
To achieve the best possible performance away from the Tarmac, the new A6 allroad quattro features a specially revised version of the Audi Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP) with off-road settings. Pressing the ESP button once activates an off-road mode that primes the system to intervene in a manner which better suits the lower speeds and the different hazards this kind of driving generally entails.
Customers wanting to take the off-road capabilities of the new A6 allroad quattro to even greater extremes can opt at extra cost for purpose-built all-terrain tyres and a reinforced engine under-guard.
In contrast to the uncompromising exterior of the new A6 allroad quattro, the cabin is a haven of comfort, but even here the fact that this A6 variant may have to work harder than the others hasn’t been forgotten. Special monoPur upholstery combining cloth with a special hard-wearing man-made fibre has been designed to look good while at the same time taking the knocks without tarnishing for years to come. Also evident inside is the full complement of luxuries and in-car technology, including the acclaimed Multi Media Interface (MMI) system that centrally controls many of the car’s functions, plus a vast load bay providing up to 1,660 litres of capacity.